Offshore offers great options
Stuart Hindson

Your first mulloway on plastic is always a challenge, but it’s even more rewarding when it nearly hits the metre mark.

Offshore anglers, particularly those fishing the bottom, have done extremely well with snapper, morwong and flathead making up most bags. The fish have been moving around a bit, so trying a number of locations until you find them has been the key to success. The reds have been close to shore with the cuttlefish run, with water depths of 15-20m being ideal.

I’d be concentrating north of Narooma with the close-in reef at Brou Beach holding a lot of snapper. The tide and current will determine whether you anchor or drift. Anchoring here seems to be best. Using a little berley with fresh pilchards or squid will work, as will soft plastics on occasion.

You can expect some solid models with fish to 5kg on the cards. Most will be pannies around 1.5-2kg – a great size for the plate. If the conditions are calm, you may have to go deeper. If this is the case, head a little further north and concentrate around Potato Point in 35-40m. This water depth always holds fish in winter and drifting is certainly the go.

If you’re after a feed of flatties, the 35-40m line straight off Dalmeny has been excellent, with some of the sandies pushing 60cm. That’s huge for this species. You don’t need many for a great feed. At Montague Island the kings have been up and down like a yo-yo – one day you get them and the next two, no joy. If you’re there on the good day, expect some awesome fishing.

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